Digital Humanities Conference in Chicago

Posted on September 21, 2007 under digital history

Thanks to Christine for passing this on to me!  I’ll be at SHOT the weekend this conference takes place, but perhaps some of y0u, gentle readers, may be able to go to this interesting-sounding digital humanities conference with an extremely unwieldy theme:  “Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.”

I will be grateful if you could bring this announcement of the second Chicago Digital Humanities and Computer Science Colloquium to the attention of interested faculty and graduate students in your department. The Colloquium will be held on October 21-22, 2007 at Northwestern University, and detailed information about the program and logistics is available at

There is still room on the program for poster sessions, and we have some matching funds for graduate students whose poster proposals have been accepted.  Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted to Sooner is better.

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.” The objects of attention are “cultural heritage objects,” ranging from tiny Mesopotamian cylinder seals to clay statuettes in a 16th century Buddhist temple, Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginning to the Present, Newton’s alchemical writings, the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, and the United States Supreme Court Corpus. The question is what happens to the study of these multi-modal and diverse objects when they are available as digital surrogates that allow scholars to do things with them that cannot be done with the originals.

This question runs through the papers and poster sessions of the program, and I hope participants will come away from the colloquium with a deeper appreciation of the query potential of the digital surrogate.

The keynote speakers are:

Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland): The Remaking of Reading

Lewis Lancaster (Berkeley): Beyond 2-D-Text/Plain: The Chinese Buddhist Canon in 3-D

This colloquium is jointly sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.  We hope that it will turn into an annual event that will nurture conversation about information technology and the humanities in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.